Former WBC Middleweight Champion Rodrigo Valdez Dies at Age 70 in Colombia
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Cartagena, Colombia (March 16th, 2017)– Former World Boxing Council World Middleweight champion Rodrigo ‘Rocky’ Valdez, who decked Carlos Monzon in the WBA and WBC unification bout which followed, lost the decision, but who later won the undisputed middleweight title after Monzon retired, has died at the age of 70 on March 15, 2017, in his native Cartagena, Colombia.
Valdez compiled a professional record of 63 wins, eight losses, and two draws, with 42 knockouts, between 1963 and 1980. He was stopped only once. In May 1974, Valdez dropped Bennie Briscoe in the seventh round to win the vacant WBC title after Monzon got stripped. Valdez held the unique distinction of being the only middleweight to knock Carlos Monzon and Bennie Briscoe off their feet. Valdez lost his world title by decision to Hugo Corro by 15 round decision, and also lost a 156 round rematch to Corro. After knocking out two opponents in 1980 in Bogota, he retired at age 33. Valdez is ranked 29th all-time on the Ring Magazine list of hardest punchers.